Thanks to social media, a lot of people feel they have the right to comment on any and every aspect of other people’s lives. But there’s nothing more infuriating than when people think they have any right in commenting on a woman’s body. Thankfully, many of us are more than happy to fight back and stand up for women of all shape and sizes.
Here are 8 women—some of which just happen to be celebs—who made headlines by reclaiming their power, owning their size, and shutting up their body-shamers for good.
After Twitter trolls proved they had way too much time on their hands and told Pink that she looked “fat” in a dress she wore to a cancer benefit, it was game on. Pink took to Twitter to shut them up and shut them down faster then they could hang their heads in shame.
She blasted them for caring more about her weight than the cancer benefit she was supporting, explained that she felt pretty and her “healthy, voluptuous, crazy strong body” was having some much deserved time off. The biggest zing? She signed it, “Love, cheesecake.”
2. Mzznaki Tetteh
When the Ghanian nurse posted her adorable engagement pictures to Instagram, she received disgusting comments like “RIP that man’s spine,” and, “undoubtedly the guy is struggling (look at his face).”
Here’s her stunning response to the trolls:
3. Jennifer Aniston
After the press speculated one too many times that her curvier figure meant that Jen was “pregnant,” she wrote a scathing essay for the Huffington Post to clap back once and for all and take back ownership of her body. She boldly went there, saying, “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily. If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.” Yes, yes, and more yes!
4. Jenny Rushmore aka Cashmerette
Swooshing around in what other than a @colettepatterns @alysonclair Moneta maxi with @moderndomestic jersey. Do I *really* have to take it off to wash it? #psbloggers #isew #curvyfashion. Also: to the random jerk who fat shamed me this morning in a comment and suggest I eat less cake: as you can see from this pic my life is just a sad mess, so I'm glad you've helped steer my dietary choices, cheers! #effyourbeautystandards #CakeWithCashmerette
When the sewing blogger posted a pattern of a bathing suit she wanted to make, an internet troll got all up in arms and told her to “eat less cake” if she ever wanted to swim again. In the above Instagram post, she shut down the hater by stating, “Also: To the random jerk who fat-shamed me this morning in a comment and suggest I eat less cake: as you can see from this pic my life is just a sad mess, so I’m glad you’ve helped steer my dietary choices, cheers!” The best part: #CakesForCashmerette started trending and women from all over started posting photos of themselves eating cake—and giving a giant middle finger to all who dare say another word!
5. Rebecca Jane Stokes
Berry’s own contributor, Stokes, was on the subway, reading a book, minding her own business and clutching a box of cookies she was bringing home to share with her roommate. A fellow passenger said, “You’re so lucky, just eating whatever you want and not caring. I’m a dancer so I can’t do that.” After going through a slew of responses—including her lifelong struggle to love herself and her body—she settled on “fuck you.” Stokes’ post about the incident opened up a really positive and forward-thinking dialogue about body-shaming.
6. Tess Holiday
The plus-size model has been shamed for not being healthy, not looking pregnant, not having an acceptable post-baby body… It goes on and on. The best? Tess never ever lets them see her sweat and always has the perfect response. Some favorites? When she tweeted that she was really “concerned” that so many others were “concerned” about the health of her and her baby while pregnant:
Or when she called out the press for being obsessed with unrealistic post-baby bodies:
Or when she had the perfect GIF to shut anyone up who dared to say she promoted an unhealthy lifestyle, simply by existing:
7. Selena Gomez
Can’t a girl just vacation in peace? While in Mexico, Selena Gomez relaxed in a barely there two-piece. She looked incredible yet TMZ just couldn’t resist a jab and felt that things were “getting thick down in Mexico” for Selena. In her ever subtle way, Selena posted this shot with the caption, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove.”
8. Christina Topacio
The Los Angeles-based marketing professional and blogger made headlines for tweeting about her experience with a bro she met through a dating website. Six months after they chatted the first time, he contacted her again, sharing, “…you are so beautiful. Your personality is so hilarious. I can tell you’re witty. I can tell your smart. I can tell you’re just pure fun and comedy. I would seriously consider dating you. Getting to know you. Everything. … But you know what? And it fucking kills me to say this …”
Topacio tweeted the evidence and her fantastic response: